City accepts BP settlement, sets lighthouse relocation timeline

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM.

The city’s current millage of 3.5914 is the lowest in the county. The city also realized the only increase in value to its mill this year, with an increase of $10,021 to the general fund.

Water, water

Commissioners, again expressing frustration with the slow pace of information on a water study from water plant designer CDM Smith, entertained several recommendations for addressing water issues short and long term.

Plant manager Larry McLamma said the city is coming up on some of its most important annual water testing for the state and the lack of uni-directional maintenance flushing since early in the year is an issue.

The flushing was ceased for the CDM water study, but with the study well behind schedule – an initial report expected months ago remains at least a week away, Smallwood said – McLamma emphasized the need to resume flushing, particularly as water complaints have increased recently.

Smallwood said he would talk to David Kozan of CDM Smith about the flushing and indicated he did not see a major problem with resuming the flushing.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett said he had been in conversations with staff at the Northwest Florida Water Management District about the viability of securing a grant to run new pipe the 17-mile length of the freshwater canal to bring water directly from the Chipola River Pump Station to the water plant.



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